Unofficial Moomin Character guide


[Outlandish Words]

This page is a guide to the characters from the Moomintroll books by Finnish author Tove Jansson. The guide includes information on all the creatures of moominvalley, including their relationships with other characters, their first appearance, a list of books in which they appear, and their pictures.

Information is from the English language translations of the books Comet in Moominland, Finn Family Moomintroll, The Exploits of Moominpappa, Moominsummer Madness, Moominland Midwinter, Moominpappa at Sea, Moominvalley in November, and Tales from Moominvalley.


Table of Contents


The Family

The nuclear Moomin family, consisting of Moomintroll, Moominmamma, and Moominpappa
Moomintroll
Moomintroll is the son of Moominmamma and Moominpappa, and is best friends with Snufkin. Moomintroll makes his first appearance in Comet in Moominland, chapter one. Moomintroll appears in Comet in Moominland, Finn Family Moomintroll, The Exploits of Moominpappa, Moominsummer Madness, Moominland Midwinter, and Moominpappa at sea. He is mentioned, but does not appear, in Moominvalley in November, "Cedric" and "The Spring Tune." He also appears in the stories "The Last Dragon in the World," "The Invisible Child," and "The Fir Tree."
Moominmamma
Moominmamma is married to Moominpappa and is Moomintroll's mother. Moominmamma first appears in chapter one of Comet in Moominland. She appears in the books Comet in Moominland, Finn Family Moomintroll, The Exploits of Moominpappa, Moominsummer Madness, Moominland Midwinter, and Moominpappa at sea. She is mentioned in Moominvalley in November. She also appears in the stories "The Last Dragon in the World," "The Invisible Child," "The Secret of the Hattifatteners," "Cedric," and "The Fir Tree."
Moominpappa
Moominpappa is married to Moominmamma and is Moomintroll's father. Moominpappa first appears in Comet in Moominland, chapter one. He appears in the books Comet in Moominland, Finn Family Moomintroll, The Exploits of Moominpappa, Moominsummer Madness, Moominland Midwinter, and Moominpappa at sea. He is mentioned in Moominvalley in November. He also appears in the stories "The Last Dragon in the World," "The Invisible Child," "The Secret of the Hattifatteners," and "The Fir Tree."

The Extended Family

The extended family includes characters which appear in more than one book and who live with the Moominfamily
Little My
Little My is the Mymble's daughter's sister and Snufkin's half-sister. She is the daughter of the Mymble. Little My makes her first appearance in The Exploits of Moominpappa, chapter seven. She appears in the books The Exploits of Moominpappa, Moominsummer Madness, Moominland Midwinter, and Moominpappa at Sea. She also appears in the stories "A Tale of Horror," "The Last Dragon in the World," "The Invisible Child," and "The Fir Tree," and is mentioned in "The Secret of the Hattifatteners" and Moominvalley in November.[Little
My]
The Muskrat
The Muskrat The Muskrat makes his first appearance in Comet in Moominland, chapter one. He appears in the books Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll.
Sniff
Sniff is the son of The Fuzzy and The Muddler. Sniff is the very first character to appear in the Moomintroll books, showing up at the very beginning of chapter one of Comet in Moominland. He appears in the books Comet in Moominland, Finn Family Moomintroll, and The Exploits of Moominpappa. He also appears in the short story "Cedric."Sniff
The Snork
[The Snork] The Snork, brother to the Snork Maiden, is first mentioned in Comet in Moominland chapter six, and makes his first appearance in chapter seven. He appears in the books Comet in Moominland and Finn Family Moomintroll.
The Snork Maiden
The Snork maiden, sister to the Snork, is first mentioned in Comet in Moominland chapter six and first appears in chapter seven. She appears in the books Comet in Moominland, Finn Family Moomintroll, Moominsummer Madness, and Moominland Midwinter. She also appears in the stories "The Last Dragon in the World," and "The Fir Tree." [The Snork Maiden]
Snufkin
[Snufkin] Snufkin is the son of the Mymble and the Joxter, and he is half-brother to the Mymble's daughter and Little My. Snufkin first appears in Comet in Moominland, chapter four. He appears in the books Comet in Moominland, Finn Family Moomintroll, The Exploits of Moominpappa, Moominsummer Madness, and Moominvalley in November, and is mentioned in Moominland Midwinter. He also appears in the stories "The Spring Tune," "The Last Dragon in the World," "The Secret of the Hattifatteners," and "Cedric."

Supporting Characters

Edward the Booble
Edward the Booble first appears in The Exploits of Moominpappa, chapter two. In addition to The Exploits of Moominpappa, he appears in "The Hemulen who Loved Silence."[Edward the Booble]
Emma
[Emma] Emma the old stage rat was married to Mr.Fillyjonk, and is the aunt of a young Fillyjonk. She appears in Moominsummer Madness, first appearing in chapter four.

~The Fillyjonks~

Emma's niece
Emma's niece the Fillyjonk appears only in Moomminsummer Madness, first appearing in chapter seven. [Emma's Niece]

Fillyjonk

[A Fillyjonk] A minor character, appearing in Moominland Midwinter chapter five.
The Fillyjonk that is afraid of insects and disasters
This Fillyjonk first appears in the story "The Fillyjonk who Believed in Disasters," and also appears in Moominvalley in November. [The Fillyjonk
The Fisherman/Lighthouse Keeper
[The Fisherman] The Fisherman first appears in Moominpappa at sea, chapter two. It is the only book in which he appears.
The Fuzzy
The Fuzzy is married to The Muddler and is Sniff's mother. She appears in The Exploits of Moominpappa, first appearing in chapter eight.[The Fuzzy]
Gaffsie
[Gaffsie] Gaffsie first appears in the story "The Fillyjonk who Believed in Disasters," and also appears in the story "The Fir Tree." She is also mentioned in Moominvalley in November.
Grandpa Grumble
Grandpa Grumble appears only in Moominvalley in November. He first appears in chapter one, as an "old voice" speaking to Snufkin. He makes his first "real" appearance in chapter six.[Grandpa
Grumble]
The Hobgoblin and his Panther
[The Hobgoblin riding his Panther] The Hobgoblin appears in the book Finn Family Moomintroll. The first part of him to appear is his hat, in chapter one. He himself is first mentioned in chapter five, and finally appears in chapter seven.
Hodgkins
Hodgkins is an old friend of Moominpappa. He has a long-lost brother. Hodgkins appears in The Exploits of Moominpappa, first appearing in chapter one. [Hodgkins]
The Island Ghost, called the Horriblest, The Terror of Horror Island
[The Island Ghost] The Island Ghost appears in The Exploits of Moominpappa, and makes his first appearance in chapter six.
The Joxter
The Joxter is the father of Snufkin. He appears in The Exploits of Moominpappa, first appearing in chapter two.[The Joxter]
Misabel
[Misabel] Misabel appears in Moominsummer Madness, first appearing in chapter two. She is mentioned in "The Fir Tree."
The Muddler
The Muddler is Sniff's father, and he is married to The Fuzzy. The Muddler appears in The Exploits of Moominpappa, first appearing in chapter two.[The Muddler]
The Mymble
[The Mymble and two of her
children]The Mymble is the mother of Snufkin, Little My, The Mymble's Daughter, and countless others. The Mymble appears in The Exploits of Moominpappa, and makes her first appearance in chapter five.
The Mymble's daughter/Mymble
The Mymble's daughter, eventually called "Mymble," is the sister of Little My, half-sister of Snufkin, and daughter of The Mymble. She first appears in The Exploits of Moominpappa, chapter five. She appears in The Exploits of Moominpappa, Moominland Midwinter, Moominsummer Madness, Moominvalley in November, and the story "The Last Dragon in the World." She is mentioned in "The Secret of the Hattifatteners."[The
Mymble's Daughter]
The Nibling
The Nibling, himself one of The Niblings, appears in The Exploits of Moominpappa, first appearing in chapter three.
Ninny
[Invisible Ninny] Ninny appears in the short story "The Invisible Child." [Visible Ninny]
Salome the Little Creep
[Salome] Salome appears in the book Moominland Midwinter. She first appears in chapter 5.
The Silk Monkey
The Silk Monkey appears in Comet in Moominland. She first appears in chapter one.[The
Silk Monkey]
Sorry-oo
Sorry-oo Sorry-oo appears in Moominland Midwinter. His first appearance is in chapter five.
Thingumy and Bob
Thingumy and Bob appear in Finn Family Moomintroll, and make their first appearance in chapter six.[Thingumy and Bob]
Toft
[Toft] Toft appears in Moominvalley in November. He first appears in chapter one.
Too-Ticky
Too-Ticky appears in Moominland Midwinter and in "The Invisible Child."[Too-Ticky]
The Whomper
[The Whomper] Whomper appears in Moominsummer Madness, and first appears in chapter two. He is also mentioned in the story "The Fir Tree."

Hemulens

"A Hemulen reaches almost double the height of ordinary bracken. Snout protruding and slightly depressed. Pink eyes. No ears, but instead a couple of tufts of ginger-coloured or blue hair. The Hemulen isn't outstandingly intelligent and easily becomes a fanatic. Her feet are terribly large and flat. She cannot learn to whistle, and so dislikes all whistling." -- Moominpappa, The Exploits of Moominpappa.

The Moth Collector
[The Moth Collector] This Hemulen appears in Comet in Moominland, and first appears in chapter five.
The Philatelist/Botanist
This Hemulen first appears in Comet in Moominland chapter ten. He appears in Comet in Moominland, Finn Family Moomintroll and in the short story "The Secret of the Hattifatteners." Thanks to Lori Avina-korhonen for verifying that this was the Hemulen in that story![The Philatelist]
The Hemulen Orphanage Directress
This Hemulen has an aunt. She appears in The Exploits of Moominpappa, and first appears in chapter one.
The Hemulen's Aunt
The Aunt of the Orphanage Directress, this Hemulen appears in The Exploits of Moominpappa, making her first appearance in chapter three.
The Hemulen at the garden party
This Hemulen appears in The Exploits of Moominpappa, chapter five.
Hemulen of the Autocrat Guards
This Hemulen appears in The Exploits of Moominpappa chapter six.
Hemuleic Voluntary Brass Band
The band appears in The Exploits of Moominpappa chapter seven.
A Hemulen Policeman
This Hemulen appears in Moominsummer Madness, making his first appearance in chapter seven.
A Hemulen Jailor
The Hemulen Jailor has a cousin who does not seem to be a Hemulen. He appears in Moominsummer Madness, first appearing in chapter eleven.
A Hemuleic Brass Band
This band appears in chapter twelve of Moominsummer Madness.
Hemulens renting boats and taking admission
These Hemulens appear in Moominsummer Madness chapter twelve.
Hemuleic Police Force
These Hemulens appear in Moominsummer Madness, first appearing in chapter twelve.
The Skiier
The Hemulen appears in Moominland Midwinter, and first appears in chapter five.
The Organizer
This Hemulen appears in Moominvalley in November. He is first mentioned in chapter one, and first appears in chapter five.[The
Organizer]
A Hemulen who changed before each meal
This Hemulen is mentioned as being rumored to exist in "The Spring Tune."
A Hemulen who sold Fillyjonk her summer house
This Hemulen is mentioned in "The Fillyjonk who Believed in Disasters."
Hemulen fisherman
This Hemulen takes the dragon off of Snufkin's hands in "The Last Dragon in the World."
The Hemulen who loved silence
This Hemulen appears in "The Hemulen who Loved Silence."[The Hemulen
who loved silence]
The Hemulen's relatives
[Four of the Hemulen's 
relatives]The well-meaning Hemulen relatives of The Hemulen who loved silence from the story "The Hemulen who Loved Silence."
Hemulen children
Hemulen children cared for by The Hemulen who loved silence in "The Hemulen who Loved Silence." [A Hemulen Child]
A Hemulen
Appears in "The Fir Tree," as does his Aunt.
The Hemulen's Aunt
Appears with her nephew in "The Fir Tree."


Frightening Characters

The Groke
[The Groke] The Groke first appears in Finn Family Moomintroll, chapter six. She appears in the books Finn Family Moomintroll, The Exploits of Moominpappa, Moominland Midwinter, and Moominpappa at Sea.
Hattifatteners
Hattifatteners are first mentioned in the first chapter of Comet in Moominland, and first appear in the fourth chapter. They appear in the books Comet in Moominland, Finn Family Moomintroll, The Exploits of Moominpappa, Moominsummer Madness, and in the story "The Secret of the Hattifatters."[Hattifatteners]
The Niblings
[A Nibling] Niblings only appear in the book The Exploits of Moominpappa, and they make their first appearance in chapter three.

Minor Characters

[The Dweller Under 
the Sink]

Bibliography

Please note : This is a bibliography of materials used in creating this character guide. It is not a comprehensive list of books by or about Tove Jansson.

Jansson, Tove. Comet in Moominland. New York, New York : Avon Books, 1976.

Jansson, Tove. Finn Family Moomintroll. New York, New York : Avon Books, 1975.

Jansson, Tove. The Exploits of Moominpappa. New York, New York : Avon Books, 1978.

Jansson, Tove. Moominsummer Madness. New York, New York : Avon Books, 1976.

Jansson, Tove. Moominland Midwinter. New York, New York : Farrar, Strous & Giroux, 1992.

Jansson, Tove. Moominpappa at Sea. New York, New York : Farrar, Strous & Giroux, 1993.

Jansson, Tove. Moominvalley in November. London, E. Benn; New York, H. Z. Walck [1971].

Jansson, Tove. Tales From Moominvalley. New York, New York : Avon Books, 1977.


All characters and artwork are copyright Tove Jansson


Guide created and maintained by Linda Shippert, 1996-2003